How a Geriatric Care Manager Can Help Your Colorado Senior

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May is National Geriatric Care Manager Month. During this annual awareness campaign, we thought it would be fitting to share answers to commonly asked questions about the role of a geriatric care manager in Colorado. If you are considering hiring one to help manage your senior loved one’s care, this FAQ might help.

Q: What kind of training do geriatric care managers receive?

A: Geriatric care managers can come from a variety of human service and health care backgrounds. Some are social workers or nurses, while others have education and/or experience in psychology or gerontology. Whatever their background, geriatric care managers have a passion for serving seniors.  

Q: Are geriatric care managers certified by any governing agency?

A: Yes. There are several organizations and agencies that geriatric care managers can belong to or from whom they can receive certification. The National Academy of Certified Care Managers and the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers are two of the most popular.

Q: Why should families pay for the services of a geriatric care manager for a senior loved one? 

A: There are a variety of reasons families hire a geriatric care manager to advocate for their aging loved one. In some instances, the adult children don’t live near their loved one. They employ a geriatric care manager to be their eyes and ears for observing their senior loved one’s condition. In other cases, families need an unbiased professional to help them manage their loved one’s care team. It might be by supervising the in-home care team you hire or monitoring the staff at their senior living community. Families also turn to geriatric care managers when they just aren’t sure what senior care option is best for their loved one and how to go about finding a provider.

Q: How should we choose a geriatric care manager for our senior loved one in Colorado?

A: Begin by checking their credentials and experience. Are they certified? What kind of training do they have? How much experience have they had in working with seniors and their families?  Then arrange for an in-person meeting. Do you feel like they would be a good fit for your family and your loved one? Did they inspire trust and confidence? Finally, check with the Better Business Bureau, your family care physician and any other health care professionals you have a relationship with that might be able to provide you with insight.

If you need help creating a list of questions to ask when you interview potential geriatric care managers for your senior loved one, this article from NAPGCM is a good starting point.

From personal care needs and case management to guardianship concerns, Seniors in Transition provides consulting services to help families turn frustrating health care problems into quality, affordable solutions. Seniors in Transition is here to help families in the Fort Collins, CO and Loveland, CO areas.

Visit our website at www.seniorsintrans.com or call 970.204.6977, today!

 

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